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Why are so many student nurses experiencing “bad” placements?

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Unfortunately I have just come out of a 10 week placement with a fail. This placement had a severe lack of staff, with the ward manager, ward clerk and several staff nurses have left within my 10 weeks. Every second day for my last month, if not every day there was a new faced agency nurse to help guide to where things were kept. My mentor was who sister in charge was determined from the word go to help me meet my learning objectives however this soon completely changed and I was given a nurse to shadow for the day after handover and soon just taking over the role of the HCA. I very rarely shadowed my mentor but she signed my book at the end as if i did get my minimum 40% time with her. I was constantly running around to please the HCAs and staff nurses, not learning anything to a point where I was often made a show of by my mentor for not knowing certain things which she never explained to me. She was a very rude person who had problems with many staff on the ward and was moved from two wards due to complaints. The fact that I was acting as a HCA staff member for absolutely nothing,no money nor learning broke me to a point where I stopped going in unfortunately I didn't obey by the 2hour policy rule of calling in before placement to say I wouldnt be attending so that is something which is completely my fault. But another reason for my failure was not being of 2nd year standard - a problem I faced in none of my other 2 placements. This is something I feel is unfair due to the lack of support or learning I received from my mentor. I was completely afraid of her. I discussed this with other members of staff who I felt safe in talking with as I knew they didn't respect her, however not the ward manager or my co-mentor as they had a clear bond and I was afraid of it getting back to her. Or even having to work on the same ward with her under a new mentor. Other staff nurses can understand my fear which makes me feel a little bit better with regards to keeping quiet however this led to 10 weeks of sweat and tears to my mentor failing me on my 2nd last day. This now even means taking 6 months out to redo my 10 week placement. So I have an unbelievable amount of regret on my shoulders.

Posted date

26 July, 2015

Posted time

2:42 pm

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